Palm View residents angry about piled refuse

2011-03-09 00:00

AMID fears of snakes and the dangers of blocked drainpipes, angry residents of Palm View, near Marburg, have expressed their concern over the rubble, sand, rubbish and broken bottles that have been dumped right in front of their homes by other residents and building contractors.

The residents say the litter has been there for months and is not being removed by the Hibiscus Coast Municipality (HCM).

They complained that they have called the HCM cleansing and maintenance department for help, but in vain.

Candit Manilal, a Palm View community leader, expressed his dissatisfaction with the situation.

He explained that there are snakes coming out of the dumped rubbish and this puts the lives of their children in danger.

“We have complained to the municipality about this dirt several times, but nobody seems to care,” he said.

“This rubbish has been lying there for months; there is no dumping site here.

“There is a drainage system over that dumped pile of dirt next to our houses and it has become blocked.”

Manilal warned other members of the community that they face hefty fines if they continue to dump rubbish in the area.

The residents are on the lookout and say they will report people they find dumping refuse there.

Ranjit Behary, a Palm View persioner, said he formerly worked for the Hibiscus Coast cleansing and maintenance department and that he is worried about the state of cleaning in his community.

“I am worried about the safety of our children who walk to Marburg Primary School,” he said.

“The roads are busy with buses and trucks and there is no pavement for children to walk on.”

HCM senior manager of mayoralty Simon Soboyisa had still not commented on the matter more than a day after being asked for his reaction.

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